Events/Classes

Upcoming events & classes in 2017 with Michael Joshin Thiele 

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Sebastopol, August 12, 2017
1:30 – 2:30pm
more info here

Biodynamic Apiculture
September 7, 2017
5 – 6pm
at the Heirloom Seed Festival in Santa Rosa, CA

Sitting with Bees
September 30, 2017
2:30 – 4pm

This is an opportunity to enjoy honeybees as a field of be(e)ing, through conversation, inner and outer sit spots, silence and tea.  We will gather at the home apiary of Gaia Bees in Sebastopol.  RSVP to michael@gaiabees.com

Apis Arborea – The Ancient Craft of Tree-Apiculture
Green Gulch Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, CA
October 21, 2017; 9am – 4pm
“Apis Arborea” is an attempt to redefine our relationship with bees and to create a new paradigm of caring for them.  We will look at the reemergence of ancient and traditional ways of apiculture, such as the “Zeidler”, the craft of caring for bees in living trees. Rewilding habitat and nest restoration for honeybees is becoming increasingly essential for honeybees to survive.  As wild bees survive in non-managed ecosystems and nest sites, they represent a resource for new strategies for contemporary apiculture and a fundamental shift in bee stewardship. During the workshop, we will build ‘honey bee nests’ in logs, using traditional and contemporary tools. Wear layers. We will be outside for most of the day.
Info and Registration

Upcoming events & classes in 2018 with Michael Joshin Thiele

Habitat and Holistic Care for Honeybees
EcoFarm conference, CA
January 27, 2018

more details here

Biodynamic Apiculture
February 3, 2018
Green Gulch Farm, CA
The biodynamic approach to honeybees is centered on the essentials of nest integrity, the understanding of the hive as a singular, sentient being, and the coherence of inner and outer habitats.  In this workshop we will study the unique life of honeybees and examine how a biodynamic approach integrates core life principles into our relationship with honeybees as well as into our apiaries.  Michael will introduce innovative ways within the biodynamic field such as ‘Apis Arborea’ (www.apisarborea.com), the vision of a ‘Landscape Apiarium’, and non-allopathic approaches to health. Participants will be able to integrate new information and insights into the upcoming 2018 bee season. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

Apis Arborea
February 11, 2018
at SHED, Healdsburg, CA
In this workshop, Michael will give an introduction to ‘Apis Arborea’ (www.apisarborea.com) and share various aspects of his work, among them examples from current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for beekeeping, and an introduction to the intricate nature of honeybees. Rewilding and the restoration of natural honeybee nest habitat are part of an effort to develop a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture. The accelerating loss of animal species and biodiversity reflects the urgency with which we need to move towards preservation and a systems-oriented approach. The framework of Apis Arborea is one of honoring and protecting the essential role of honeybees in sustaining life on our planet while preserving their life and fostering environments conducive to their health and dignity.

To register click here

Apis Arborea – Rewilding Honeybees
“In wildness lies the preservation of the world”
April 28, 2018
Green Gulch Farm, CA
The framework of Apis Arborea (www.apisarborea.com) is one of preserving the life and resiliency of honeybees through rewilding and through the restoration of habitat and natural hives.  This allows for the development of a comprehensive and wholesome paradigm of apiculture.  In this workshop, Michael will share various aspects of this bee-centric approach, among them current rewilding projects, the craft of traditional tree-apiculture, bee-centric strategies for apiculture and an introduction into the intricate nature of honeybees.  Participants will be able to integrate new information and insights into the upcoming 2018 bee season. Open to all levels of beekeeping and bee-lovers.

Details for registration here

Designing ‘Landscape Apiaries’
This workshop is an introduction to the apian paradigm of rewilding honeybees and strategies of conservation and renewal. It will provide tools for design and implementation of rewilded apiaries.  We will study their life gesture and learn about the biodynamic plasticity and adaptability of honeybees as a super-organism. Other topics will include information about natural nest qualities, log hive designs and bee-centric management strategies. We will explore various aspects of an integrated and holistic approach to bee health and preservation, and introduce an approach which combines ‘indigenous’ and entomological resources.
This workshop is for anyone concerned for the health and survival of honeybees, backyard beekeepers, conservationists, land stewards, public and private landowners, and those interested in rewilding honeybees.

Coming up in the spring of 2018. For updates email michael@apisarborea.com.